This was a worthwhile listen - short, sweet, and a great distillation of what most experienced team leaders have in their head as common sense. The five dysfunctions are real, readily applied in the real world, and I have yet to find a colleague who didn't immediately appreciate this way of looking at how people work together to solve problems.
Constantly wondering why your team isn't as effective as it should be? Listen to this book. I did, and it really helped me in how I lead my team (I am VP-Technology for a professional services firm). This is the first audio title, after 3 years of audible.com, that made me want to go out and get the hard copy of the book for my office reference bookshelf.
In my 12 years of constant Audible listening/reading, There are few that I have enjoyed as much as The Information. As a CIO and data scientist who also happens to be a total history freak, I gained some truly profound insights into the nature of the information stack, from signal to message to language to semantics.
I have read this twice in the last 6 months and have recommended it to hundreds of colleagues. It is very well crafted writing, delivering vignettes at just the right level of length, depth, and, taken as a whole, breadth. You do not need to be a "technology person" to enjoy this.
Very well read by Rob Shapiro as well - this gets my highest recommendation.
I've enjoyed several King stories on Audible, and 11-22-63 is one of the best. The reader Craig Wasson is brilliant and adds much to the story which I literally could not put down. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good read.
I was expecting a thoughtful analysis, and after a few hours of this empty drivel I bailed.
This really felt like a reverse-engineered apology for the Bush hubris in international policy. I know nothing of the author's intentions or methodology, but the product smacks of strong prejudice and weak research.
Some of it is laughable; most of it is annoying.
All of it is a waste of precious Audible listening time. Keep looking.
I have to steer my fellow Audibilians toward "The Cloister Walk". Let me make this short and sweet, just like the book. Here's three reasons why I loved it -- and why you might too:
1. Kathleen Norris had some very practical things to say to me as a human being, with all of the positive/negative, physical/spiritual, temporal/eternal things that being human can mean.
2. I found her style of gently revealing an idea to be simply elegant. The thoughts were substantial without being overly dense or heavy - in other words, I gained understanding without gaining a headache.
3. For me, Debra Winger's voice is to sound what Monet is to sight - pleasing, skillful, wonderfully textured, and rendering each word perfectly.
Overall, a real joy to listen to. Try this one.
A great story - different from other sci-fi, gripping, thought-provoking. After I finished listening to it, my 7 and 12 year old boys enjoyed listening at bedtime every night. Because of all the dinnertime conversations about the story and characters, my wife, who doesn't like digital audio, went out and bought the book and is almost finished with it.
The boys and I have also enjoyed two of the sequels: Ender's Shadow and Shadow of the Hegemon. Even if you don't usually read sci-fi, try this one.
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